Tokyo, May 10: Japan, the host for 2019 Rugby World cup celebrated a ceremony in Kyoto State Guest House. To qualify group stage, Japan needs to face Ireland and Scotland. Japan participated in all eight previous editions but never could qualify the first round.
Rugby World cups are usually organized always in the origin countries of the game. Japan is the first country to organize Rugby world cup outside of traditional Rugby heartland.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave a speech in the venue to promote the tournament. “The whole world is watching this draw and I have never felt so fired up as I do now about my role in picking Japan’s group,” said Abe. “This is even more of a thrill than when I appeared as Super Mario at the Rio Olympics.”
This time may Japan be the host, but they got a tough challenge even in the group stage. Japan never beat Ireland or Scotland in its history. Though the rest of the teams in the group are yet to be selected.
“We’ve got two tests against Argentina in June so we can practice a little bit. France is really improving and they’re certainly a dangerous team.” , said England head coach Eddie Jones, who led Japan at the 2015 World Cup.
“(Japan) is a unique country, a unique culture and rugby are on the up here. So everyone is looking forward to playing the tournament here.” , he added.
Shinzo Abe is hopeful about the success of the Tournament. "I am sure Rugby World Cup will be a fantastic success and will further boost rugby around the world,", he said.